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End of a Dismal Week for Anfi

It’s Friday and it is the end of another very expensive week for Anfi. We ended last week with the news which came in after publication that the courts awarded over 213,000€ against Anfi del Mar for seven clients. This week has not been any better for Anfi Sales SL and Anfi Resorts SL, with even bigger awards being made by the courts along with all contracts being declared null and void.

On Monday 20 January, six sentences were issued against Anfi with over 174,885.56€ going back to clients. Once again contracts containing floating weeks, contracts of more than 50 years and the taking of deposits within the statutory cooling-off period being deemed illegal under Spanish law.

Wednesday saw another five sentences being issued by the courts against Anfi with over 235,440.75€ being awarded to these clients. The courts also declared all contracts null and void for contravening Spanish Law.

All eleven of these clients were represented by the very able legal team of Canarian Legal Alliance.

The Lawyers of CLA with Judith 2nd from right and Cristina 4th from right.

In total, this week alone has added a further 410,326.31€ to the debts that Anfi are now incurring due to these judgements, the question is how long can they actually sustain these huge amounts?

In further news, the specialized court enforcement and execution of sentence team consisting of Judith Diaz Pascual and Cristina Batista have made yet another client happy with their dedicated hard work.

The German client has now received 14,712.66€ into his bank account, this is the balance of his total claim which amounted to 50,737,59€. There is unfortunately still an outstanding amount to be paid to the client. This consists of legal interest and his legal costs, these will be subject to yet another enforcement action by the specialist team.

It must also be noted that this particular payout was made voluntarily by Anfi as a result of the huge legal pressure from the execution and enforcement team, so is very good news for clients of CLA.

To end this week Inside Timeshare issues a further warning to timeshare owners especially clients of Eze Group. More emails are being received from readers desperate to find out if the claims they have received in calls regarding a court case in Malága against Eze Group and Regency Shores SL are genuine.

By far the most prolific are those from Platinum Services and Administration SL, followed closely by  01C Leisure and Legal Solutions SL. both are claiming that cases have been filed against the companies in the Malága courts. As we know a case against Eze Group was held at Birmingham Crown Court in 2017, where Dominic O’Reilly and his daughter Stephanie O’Reilly pleaded guilty. They were sentenced in January 2019 with Dominic receiving a custodial sentence and Stephenie having hers suspended.

At this trial, no money was set aside by the courts for victims of Eze Group, but the courts did order an investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This particular investigation is ongoing and is not likely to be concluded in the near future.

As for Regency Shores SL, Inside Timeshare has no information that any cases are filed or even being filed with the courts in Malága, in fact, any cases against this branch of the company must be heard in Tenerife which is where the company is registered and where the sales took place.

These are just two of the companies that have joined the bandwagon of “scam” operations preying on Eze Group clients who are desperate to get their money back. If you have had a call with the good news of a case from any of these or any other company then please do get in touch with Inside Timeshare, it is your information that is vital to help others.

https://insidetimeshare.com/more-consumer-warnings/

https://insidetimeshare.com/the-mid-week-report-platinum-services-and-administration-sl/

https://insidetimeshare.com/hellenic-republic-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-the-latest-eze-group-scam/

That is all for this week if you require any further information on any article published or would like to know your legal position with your timeshare contract, please use our contact page and get in touch.

Have a great weekend and remember to do your homework.

Anfi: Are Maintenance Fees used for Maintenance?

Back in October 2019, Inside Timeshare published “Welcome to Cockroach City”, this article featured the disgusting state of a once well-regarded resort, Blue Bay Beach Club, formerly known as Airtours Beach Club. The article focused on the experience of one of our readers who originally purchased a “5-star” penthouse apartment at the resort and now shows the dilapidated state it has now become.

This is becoming a very common problem with many timeshare resorts, one reason that is being muted as the cause is the number of non-member rentals that these resorts are now taking in. Owners are finding that the “exclusive” members only policy has gone out the window as greed has taken over and the resorts are out to make as much money as possible. Obviously at the expense of those who paid thousands to become members.

Recently Inside Timeshare was sent the following photographs from a very concerned reader, these pictures show what greeted them when they arrived at their own resort Anfi del Mar in Gran Canaria.

What Anfi used to look like, a little different than today!

Anfi was once known as the flagship timeshare resort of Europe, originally the brainchild of Bjorn Lyng, the resort was luxury, to say the least. It certainly had the wow factor, as attested by the many owners who originally purchased, but today it seems to be a different matter.

This is not the first time Inside Timeshare has received these types of complaints, so what has brought this once excellent resort to this state?

When you consider the number of members at Anfi and the amount of money that Anfi receive each year from them in the form of high maintenance fees, it does make you wonder where this money is going, certainly not on general upkeep and maintenance.

As we have reported and what has been reported in the Spanish media regarding the movement of funds between the many accounts held by Anfi, we just wonder if the problem lies with the maintenance fees being moved as “inter-company” loans to cover the costs due to the amount that Anfi are now losing in the courts. It is a very distinct possibility, one the supplier of the pictures has also thought of.

It is such a shame that these wonderful resorts are now just becoming run of the mill and dilapidated due to the lack of investment in the apartments and furniture. It also does not help when every Tom, Dick and Harry can book into a resort that was once exclusive and treated with respect by the members, after all the members “owned” the resort!

Is your timeshare resort looking tired and dated, are you fed up with non-members renting and usually for less than your maintenance fees?

If you can answer yes to this question and would like to know if your own timeshare contract is illegal, then use our contact page and Inside Timeshare will show you what options you have.

Link to the article “Welcome to Cockroach City”.

https://insidetimeshare.com/?s=welcome+to+cockroach+city

Start the Week

So here we are at the start of another week, today we start with the news from the courts at the end of last week, we also republish the link to a TVE 1 news report about timeshare law in Spain and an interview with Eva Gutiérrez from Canarian Legal Alliance. We also highlight a new “claims” company that has just come to our attention.

At the end of last week after publishing out Letter from America, Canarian Legal Alliance published their results for the week. Once again it was a busy week for the courts and the lawyers with no less than 15 new victories on behalf of their clients.

In frame with the most rulings against them was once again Anfi Del Mar, with 10 cases heard by the Court of First Instance of San Bartolomé de Tirajana in Maspalomas. In the High Court of Las Palmas Gran Canaria, Anfi del Mar had 4 appeals rejected and sent back to the lower courts for the execution of sentence.

In Tenerife at the High Court in Santa Cruz, Silverpoint also lost an appeal, with the case being sent back to the Court of First Instance, again for the execution of sentence.

The total amount being returned to clients is a massive 517,056.50€ this amount doe not include legal fees or legal interest that is calculated separately. Contracts were also declared null and void. The infringements of the timeshare laws ranged from contracts over 50 years in duration, floating weeks and points systems plus the taking of payments within the 14 days cooling off period.

Considering the Supreme Court rulings of which there are 129, and the number of cases being found against the timeshare companies at the lower courts, it does make you wonder why the timeshare companies insist on prolonging the process and taking the lost cases to appeal. All we can surmise is that they are trying to delay making any payments as they still believe the courts have interpreted the law incorrectly.

In response to that belief, Inside Timeshare republishes a link to the National Spanish TV Station TVE1, in this news item they look at the Supreme Court rulings and explain why the timeshare companies are being taken to court. In the item, they also interview one of the Senior Lawyers at Canarian Legal Alliance Eva Gutiérez. This clip will put you the reader in doubt as to who is telling the truth.

Another new name in the “claims” business has just come to our attention, Refund My Claim with the website:

http://www.refundmyclaim.co.uk

It was registered on 9 February 2019 with the actual owner and registrar being hidden, the website has been regestered for one year only and is set to expire on 2 February 2020, these are never good signs.

The website itself gives very little information, with no company registration details only the company address, telephone number and email:

53 Fountain Street, Manchester, M2 2AN. Once again this is rented office space with postal and telephone answering service run by Regus, one of the biggest suppliers of serviced and rental office space on long term or daily basis.

The telephone number given is 0161 826 49 62

With the email [email protected]

On their Home Page, they state, “We are a free advice service that identifies the best Lawyers, Solicitors or Claims management company that best suits you for your claim.” They also explain the “Claims management” is big business in the UK and then go to list all the types of claims they work with including timeshare.

Now considering the age of the website, the lack of company information, no Company House registration and no mention of any lawyers or regulated claims managment company names, makes this is look like a very dodgy set up.

If you are contacted by any company with offers of getting you your money back for any timeshare or holiday club, do your homework before engaging with them. Make sure they are genuine, if you need help or advice on this, then use our contact page and we will be happy to help.

Tomorrow in our Tuesday Slot we publish an article titled How is a Timeshare Point Valued, this has been written by an Industry Insider and we have kept them anonymous as per their wishes. So join us tomorrow for more information and news on the world of timeshare.